Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has hinted that the company may be interested in Windows 8 tablets.
Elop revealed his feelings during an interview with Bloomberg this week. Nokia plans to enter the U.S. smartphone market in early 2012 with a significant marketing effort. “Our intention is to come back in the United States and grow significant share in this market,” Elop said in an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday. “Our plans are to be very competitive and to go head-on with the appropriate devices at the appropriate price points,” Elop said. “We know we need to get volume moving and we need from that to develop economies of scale. And then as we do more and more differentiation, we expand gross margin.”
Elop also talked briefly about Microsoft’s Windows 8 plans. “There’s a new tablet opportunity coming,” he said. “We see the opportunity. Unquestionably, that will change the dynamics” of the tablet market, he added. Nokia is rumored to be preparing its own tablet offerings. Reports earlier this year suggested that the Finnish handset maker may not opt for Microsoft’s software. However, Microsoft recently revealed its Windows 8 operating system which includes a Windows Phone interface, one that would attract customers of Nokia’s Lumia products. Microsoft is expected to ship a beta version of Windows 8 at CES in January which will include further enhancements to the new Metro style interface.
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